Hotlinking, which is sometimes called bandwidth theft as well, refers to linking to images that are on another website. Simply, if you have a site with some images on it, somebody else may also develop a site and as opposed to using their own images, they can put links directly to your images. Although this may not be such a serious issue if you have one small personal Internet site, it will be something very serious if the images are copyrighted, because someone can be attempting to copy your site and trick people. If your hosting plan has a limited monthly bandwidth quota, you may run out of resources without getting real site visitors, because the traffic shall be consumed by the other Internet site. This is why you should think about preserving your content from being hotlinked - not only images, but also files, as in rare occasions other kinds of files are linked also.

Hotlinking Protection in Cloud Website Hosting

You can easily shield your content if you generate an .htaccess file inside the website’s root folder, but if you do not have previous experience, you can use our hotlink protection tool. The latter comes with all cloud website hosting packages we offer and could be accessed via the in-house built Hepsia Control Panel. The protection can be enabled in 2 simple steps - select the domain or subdomain for the site in question, then pick if our system should create the .htaccess file in the main folder or inside a subfolder and you will be good to go. You do not need any computer programming capabilities or any experience with this sort of matters, as there will be nothing else to do. If you would like to disable the protection at some time, you can see all of the sites that are protected within the same exact section of the CP with a Delete button beside each one of them.